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Brake to run free seminars to help SMEs avoid at-work crashes

The events and guidance are being delivered through Brake Professional, with the support of the Department for Transport. They will raise awareness of the main risks associated with driving for work, employers' responsibilities in managing these risks and how to manage them effectively while on a budget. Professionals will also be given a toolkit of resources and practical examples of tried and tested ways to achieve best practice.

At-work road crashes are estimated to cost UK employers £2.7 billion a year. Preventing crashes, bumps and scrapes can also deliver multiple business benefits like lowering insurance premiums, improving reputation and staff morale, and reducing lost time.

The events will look at practical, low-cost steps small businesses can take to save money, and protect their employees and the wider community from the devastation a crash can cause. They will draw on Brake's long-running experience of providing guidance and sharing best practice case studies among employers running all types of fleet.

The free events include:

Helping SMEs effectively recruit, train, and monitor drivers 9th December 2014: free one-hour webinaron low-cost ways companies can ensure they have effective policies and processes in place.

Helping SMEs to buy, lease, and maintain safe vehicles 29th January 2015: free one-hour webinaron ensuring the safety of your vehicles.

Helping SMEs to plan and manage safe journeys 12th February 2015: free one-hour webinaron the money saving and safety benefits of efficient journey planning and management.

Fleet safety for small businesses: a practical approach 19th March 2015, London (UK): free day-long seminaron how Brake's Pledge can help improve any company's fleet safety.

Delegates will also get free copies of the accompanying guidance reports.

Key speakers include:

  • Will Murray, research director, Interactive Driving Systems
  • Adrian Hide, group project manager, TTC Road Safety Services
  • Dafydd Davies, health, safety and environmental manager, Peter's Food Service
  • Julie Fitzell, head of environmental standards, Qdell Group
  • Nick Perchard-Rees, fleet and transport manager, Jersey Post

For more information, and to book, visit www.brakepro.org

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.